Recognition for State and Independent Schools across the UK

The National Schools Awards were held on Wednesday 8th December at the House of Lords, introduced by Baroness Barran, the Minister for Schools. The National School Awards recognises and rewards education pioneers across the industry bringing together over 250 school leaders and education pioneers across both the state and independent sectors to celebrate best-practice and showcase the excellent work being undertaken across the UK.

In response to the launch of this year’s awards; Baroness Berridge said:

“The National Schools Awards recognise the skill, commitment, and hard work it takes to deliver the best possible education, this is especially important in a time of such uncertainty. I welcome this opportunity to celebrate the contribution of school leaders and look forward to hearing of your incredible achievements in transforming the opportunities of children and young people.”

Berkhamsted was represented at the event held on Wednesday 8th December by a group of senior staff, having been shortlisted for the Leadership Team of the Year Award.  There were an unusually high number of nominations – the lock-down this time last year meant that the 2019-20 nominations were held over to the current year and considered alongside the 2020-21 nominations, but only one award was made in each category.

Leadership Team of the Year

When the golden envelope was opened, it was announced that we had won, and the Berkhamsted Schools Group leadership team is therefore Leadership Team of the Year across the whole education sector in England and Wales. This recognises work done by the team in moving education online, in communications with parents, pupils and staff and in supporting pupils and parents through the last two years.

Richard Backhouse, Principal of the Berkhamsted Schools Group, said in accepting the award,

“The credit for this goes to the whole team; it was a team effort, it is a team award. My thanks and congratulations go therefore to all of them for their extraordinary hard and excellent work”.